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I never stayed more than a few hours here, I was always thinking of Patra as just a big ugly city that had a major port connecting Greece with Italy... I was wrong!
Last time I went there I stayed three days and I discovered everything the city has to offer, many beautiful churches, a fortress up in the hill, pedestrian streets full of cafés etc You can walk everywhere between the main sites and if the temperature isn’t so high you can do it in one day but you wont have time for the museums, see a ceremony inside a church and above all relax in the cafes of the city or enjoy a dinner when the sun goes down. Two days will be better for you so you can overnight here and continue the day after with towns near by.
Patra is the capital of Achaia prefecture, located 212 km away from Athens, at NW part of Peloponese peninsula and it is the third largest city in Greece with about 225.000 inhabitants. The university of the city houses more than 40.000 students so the nightlife is also nice here. The weather is usually pleasant with humid summers and soft winters. There are two main parts in the city, Ano (upper) and Kato (lower) town linked with steps. Ano Poli (around the castle) used to be the Old Town while Kato Poli is the part of the city that was built after the 19th century near the port.
The Rio Antirio bridge at Rio suburb will take you to mainland of Greece if you want to continue north to Epirus region etc
-The cathedral dedicated to apostle Andreas is the most important church but I visited several others, Pantokratoras church is impressive, the historical anglican church but some orthodox ceremonies in small churches was also great.
-walk in the city center to the main squares, Vas Georgiou A and Vas Olgas
-walk from the sea up at Agiou Nikolau street, stop for a coffee and continue up to the hill to reach the castle
-Around the Pantokratoras church is the old part of the city, you can see the ancient theatre and other sites from the roman era
-visit Achaia Clauss, taste the famous local wine and buy some bottles of it
-check the modern Rio bridge, a mechanical masterpiece
Patras was always the cosmopolitan centre of mediteranean sea. The name Patras (Patra in greek, Patrai in ancient greek) probably came from the mythical Patreas, leader of the Achaians who came from Sparta. The ancient city was formed where Aroe town lies today. It wasn’t any other than just a small town until the Roman era when a big roman colony settled here and you can still see erections of that era (the Odeum is the most important). Emperor Augustus gave the locals freedom and selfgovernemt like the romans. Of course, the city is also known as the place where St Andrew was martyred by crucifixion. The city was started to decline when the Constantinople begun the capital of Roman empire (330AD) and was conquered by Slavs, Franks, Venetians(1408) and Otomans(1458). It was destroyed during the greek revolution(1821) and it was set free in 1828. It was built again by Kapodistrias the first governor of independent Greece.
In our days it’s the main commercial and cultural city of western Greece and the main gate to Italy and west Europe. It has a big university and its carvival in February is the most famous in Greece. River Glaykos is the biggest river in the area, coming from Panachaikos mountain and supplies with power the hydroelectric factory of Glaykos, the oldest of its kind in Greece.
- Pros:many interesting churches, ideal base for the general area
- Cons:ugly in some parts
- In a nutshell:more than just a port
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